Duchess to Visit Farms for City Children

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The Duchess of Cambridge Will Visit Farms for City Children

The Duchess of Cambridge Will Visit Farms for City Children

Arlingham, Gloucester

Wednesday 3rd May, 2017

The Duchess of Cambridge will visit Farms for City Children to see their work giving young people from inner cities the chance to spend a week on a real working farm. Her Royal Highness will join a school group of pupils and teachers as they muck in around the farm, and will meet children’s author Michael Morpurgo and his wife Clare to learn more about the organisation they founded in 1976.

The charity offers urban children from all over the country a unique opportunity to live and work together for a week at a time on a real farm in the heart of the countryside. It is an intense, ‘learning through doing’ experience of a different life – for children who may not know where their food comes from and have limited opportunities to explore the outside world. The organisation now has three working farms, where it welcomes around 3,200 children and 400 teachers a year.

During the week long immersion programme, pupils gain an understanding farming, the countryside and food production, using practical, hands-on learning outside the classroom to enhancing the requirements of the national curriculum. They also gain social and emotional development through teamwork, and the chance to celebrate success and build self-worth through work and the completion of tasks.

The Duchess will start her visit with a briefing about the farm before joining a story time session led by Michael Morpurgo. A key aim of the week is to draw on the farm experience and the charity’s literary heritage to promote literacy and storytelling. Her Royal Highness will then join the children as they complete work around the farm yard, working in the allotments and tending to pigs, sheep and chickens as required. The visit will conclude with a short tea party, where her Royal Highness will meet some of the volunteers, staff and trustees.

For more information visit: http://farmsforcitychildren.org/

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